Wellard export team reshuffle

The West Australian

Wellard has restructured its management team after the resignation of Wellard Rural Exports chief executive Fred Troncone.

Mr Troncone, who has held the role for four years, plans to spend time with his family before moving onto consulting work, including providing ongoing advice to Wellard on a variety of projects.

"I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead a group of people who are so passionate and professional about their work," he said.

"Our team's uncompromising focus on animal welfare has set new standards that enhance the strength and reputation of our company and our industry."

Wellard chief executive Mauro Balzarini will take over several of Mr Troncone's roles, including the feeds, meat, Europe and Americas divisions.

"The systems and processes that Fred established helped the company through a period of growth and those benefits will last for the long term," Mr Balzarini said.

"The trading division is Wellard's largest subsidiary and Fred has taken this division and professionally driven it to the next level."

As part of the restructure, Wellard's Asia business development manager Scot Braithwaite will become chief operating officer.

Responsibility for Middle East trading will be passed on to Domenico Bazzoni, who will manage it in conjunction with Europe and Americas from the company's Italian office.

The breeding and dairy export division, headed by Colin Webb, will relocate to Melbourne to be closer to the traditional supply areas Wellard has been sourcing cattle from to meet demand for dairy and beef breeding cattle.

Compliance and export licence duties, as well as industry representation will be assigned to Brad Gosling and David Jarvie, a 25-year veteran in Wellard.

"Thanks also to Fred's work, Wellard is now ready to keep on progressing with some more interesting initiatives coming online soon and it is fortunate to possess a dedicated team who are working hard to drive market global opportunities and the supply of clean, healthy livestock and meat for international consumers," Mr Balzarini said.

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